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Judiciary bids farewell to chief justice

unnamed-16At the farewell ceremony of Chief justice Lyonpo Sonam Tobgye, HRH princess Sonam Dechan Wangchuck launched three books – Building the Supreme Court and two Dzongkha books on the origin of law and architect of Supreme court

Judiciary: In an official farewell ceremony attended by justices of Supreme Court and High Court, 20 dzongkhag and 15 dungkhag courts on November 15, Her Royal Highness princess Sonam Dechan Wangchuck expressed her appreciation to Lyonpo Sonam Tobgye for serving with unwavering loyalty and dedication to fulfil the vision of three successive monarchs. Having attained the age of 65 years on November 15, Lyonpo Sonam Tobgye, first chief justice of Supreme Court, demitted office as per the Constitution. Her Royal Highness said the chief justice, [... Read More]

SAARC beyond Indo-Pak differences

DSC_0376Suhasini Haidar at RIGSS

And the blame for this languishing lies squarely with the big boys of SAARC SELP/RIGSS: The SAARC inter-regional trade figure has not climbed over the years, and has remained among the lowest in the world.  Bilateral differences between India and Pakistan are hampering integration. This is what Suhasini Haidar said to the participants of third senior executive leadership programme (SELP) held at the Royal Institute of Governance and Strategic Studies (RIGSS) on November 14. Suhasini Haidar is a journalist based in New Delhi.  With 18 [... Read More]

Return of the yak

IMG_7197Over 60 acres of Tsamdro has been prepared for the yaks

After completely vanishing from Tang last year, yaks will be brought back to the valley as part of an attempt to revive cultures and traditions associated with a semi-nomadic lifestyle. It is hoped that the lifestyle, which has existed for centuries, will be rekindled with the return of yaks to the mountains of Namgong, Tebithang, Phokpai, and Dungmithang. The plan to revive yak rearing in Tang was initiated by current opposition leader, Dr. Pema Jamtsho in 2011, when he was the agriculture minister. “The center [... Read More]

Pune FC beats defending champs MMC

DSC_8711Helpless: The Assam goalie looks on as Abahaini takes the lead

Second Bangladeshi team register win King’s Cup: Defending champion MMC FC lost their opening game to Pune FC in the second match of the King’s Cup yesterday. Pune FC took the lead in the 17th minute and doubled the lead in the second half. MMC pulled one back,but was too late to find an equaliser. The game finished 2-1. In the first match yesterday, 10-men Abahaini Limited, the second team from Bangladesh, held onto their one-goal lead to beat Assam Electricity. Abahaini Limited got their [... Read More]

World’s largest masonry dam engulfs ancient Buddhist site


Nagarjunakonda, aka lhocho pelgi ri, once a Buddhist town on a hill is now an island Heritage: For a devout Buddhist, there is plenty to see besides the museums and the boat journey while in Nagarjunakonda, known as lhocho pelgi ri among Buddhists.  At the sacred Buddhist site, devotees may pay homage to Nagarjuna or Goenpo Ludrup. Nagarjunakonda or Nagarjuna Hill, now transformed into an island on the right bank of the river Krishna, was a historical Buddhist town, located near Nagarjuna Sagar in Guntur district, in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It is [... Read More]

Textile exhibition in Lhuentse

unnamed-15HRH Prince Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck inaugurates the exhibition

The first of 11 events organised by the Peoples’ Initiative in Celebrating the Sixtieth Anniversary Celebration: To promote indigenous arts in Bhutan, a two-day textile exhibition started at Lhuentse, a dzongkhag from where Bhutan’s most famous textile, Kushuthara originated. This is the first of the 11 events organised across the nation by the Peoples’ Initiative in Celebrating the Sixtieth Anniversary (PICSA). HRH Prince Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck, graced the occasion as the chief guest and inaugurated the event. One of the first activities of the eleven [... Read More]

From courtier to Chief Justice – An exemplary career in service of Tsa-wa-sum


Supreme Court Chief Justice, Lyonpo Sonam Tobgye, demits today after completing 65 years as per the Constitution. Originally from Nangkor, Pemagatshel, lyonpo completed his official duty on November 12.  He was appointed as the first chief justice of the Supreme Court on February 21, 2010, after he superannuated as the chief justice of High Court in November 2009.  One of the last surviving court attendants of His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, Lyonpo Sonam Tobgye spent a moment with Kuensel’s Rinzin Wangchuk to share highlights of [... Read More]

Happy and unhealthy Bhutan

unnamed-13Dr Oleg Chestnov and Lyonpo Tandin Wangchuk released the non communicable diseases fact sheet yesterday

Six open-air gyms to be made in Thimphu to raise public fitness levels NCD: To promote a healthy lifestyle, the health ministry, with support from the World Health Organisation, will construct six open-air gymnasiums in the city, health minister Tandin Wangchuk said. Lyonpo said the gymnasiums, which will be established to commemorate the Fourth King’s 60th birth anniversary, would be for those, who are unable to afford gym membership in the city. The announcement was made yesterday in Thimphu, at the launch of a factsheet [... Read More]

Huge Thai delegation in Bhutan for joint celebrations

DSC_7712Occasion: Thai dancers perform at Taj Tashi to celebrate the relation between the two countries

Diplomacy: A 105-member delegation from Thailand, led by the deputy foreign minister Don Pramudwinai, are in the country to celebrate the 87th birth anniversary of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, the 59th birth anniversary of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, the sixth anniversary of His Majesty the King’s coronation, and the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Bhutan and Thailand. To celebrate these occasions, the Royal Thai embassy and the Royal Thai consulate in Thimphu organised a reception yesterday [... Read More]

Druk Utd. takes on Sheikh Jamal in King’s Cup opener today

IMG_1578Abahani FC warms up at a training session in Changjiji yesterday

Football: At the opening match of King’s Cup at Changlimithang in Thimphu today, Druk United hopes to begin their campaign with a win against the champion Sheikh Jamal of Bangladesh. Teams from outside Bhutan are also expecting a very interesting tournament. Manager of Abahani Limited of Bangladesh, Satyajit Das Rupu, said that his team would make the best out of every “small chances”. “We’re here to win the tournament. We know all about our opponents and we think that we have a good chance to [... Read More]

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